New college course,what one?

  iqs 12:18 04 Jun 2008
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Hello,My current college course is due to end in 4 weeks.I am studying NCFE PC Diagnostic,Faultfing and Reapir.
I have passed Module 1,like I said Mods 2&3 end shortly.

I was going to enrol for the A+,but there are so many other PC related courses available.I would like to specialise in an area which is current,and offers the best chance of employment.
So any suggestions please.

Cheers,IQS

  The Brigadier 14:02 04 Jun 2008

CompTIA A+ would be a start followed by Network+ both would help.
Both are non-vendor specific so you learn more, for examply on N+ about Linux & Unix, than if you were on a vendor specific course like MCP or MCDST which both are Microsoft courses.

It depends really on what you want to do next?

  The Brigadier 14:03 04 Jun 2008

CompTIA A+ would be a start followed by Network+ both would help.
Both are non-vendor specific so you learn more, for example on N+ about Linux & Unix, than if you were on a vendor specific course like MCP or MCDST which both are Microsoft courses.

It depends really on what you want to do next?

  iqs 19:18 04 Jun 2008

The Brigadier,are you a Dr Who fan :-)

Thanks for the reply.
I have voiced an interest in the CompTIA A+,but I have noticed that there are not many opportunities in this field,hense the question.

I love fixing PC's,so I will probably go for the A+,but I am still interested in other areas.But I feel they might be less interesting.

Thanks for the help.Cheers

  The Brigadier 19:23 04 Jun 2008

A+ & N+ are seen as entry level quals for IT techies.
A+ alone may get you a job, depends on who with & ££
MCDST would get you in to Help Desk
MCP with A+ & N+ IT Techie
CCNA, MCSE & MCSA would advanced IT Jobs/Managers.

  silverous 20:16 04 Jun 2008

English, then you could ask "which one" rather than "what one".

I don't think you can really pick the "wrong" course, employers will also be looking at experience and soft skills. See if you can get some work experience (if you don't have any already).

I'd rather have someone with experience and the right attitude than a bundle of courses any day.

  sean-278262 00:06 05 Jun 2008

My Boyfriend just did this CompTIA A+ thing recently and sadly because they upped the pass grade failed both times. Personally I dislike it as it looks to be a bit of a sham with many questions really having two answers and some having answers that depending on the particular situation are all right.

On the post by silverous I agree regarding experience however in this modern world HR departments all look at the paper grades rather than your real world skills. My life experience counts for nothing, whereas my degree counts for everything. Sad state of affairs.

iqs why dont you consider a gap year to get some real world experience and apply for a university course in an area of interest?

  The Brigadier 08:49 05 Jun 2008

The exams for A+ have changed recently to reflect the changing work of being an IT Techie.
Sadly if your boyfriend failed both papers then he obviously was not good enough to pass the exams.

As for the pass mark changing that can do with market trends. The answers i admit can sometimes be misleading, but if you know your subject then you should be able to pass the 2 papers!

  The Brigadier 08:52 05 Jun 2008

Have you thought of what job you want to do in IT?

  brundle 12:17 05 Jun 2008

Both are useful as grounding for other courses. CCNA semester 1 is not far beyond the level of Network+ for example.

  The Brigadier 13:28 05 Jun 2008

IF your think of doing a CISCO course then doing the new considor looking @ click here or click here before doing CCNA it may save you sanity!!

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